This book demonstrates that Immanuel Wallerstein's reluctance to apply core and periphery to precapitalist transformations is a product of the way he views the luxury trade. It utilizes the study of different kinds of world-systems to explore how logics of social reproduction become transformed.
Table of Contents
Preface -- Introduction -- Conceptualizing Core/Periphery Hierarchies for Comparative Study -- Was There a Precapitalist World-System? -- 5000 Years of World System History: The Cumulation of Accumulation -- Cores, Peripheries, and Civilizations -- The Evolution of Societies and World-Systems -- Prehistoric Chiefdoms on the American Midcontinent: A World-System Based on Prestige Goods1 -- The Role of Nomads in Core/Periphery Relations -- The Monte Albán State: A Diachronic Perspective on an Ancient Core and Its Periphery -- Epilogue